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Ford recalls 661,000 Explorer SUVs in North America

Stock MarketsMay 09, 2021 03:10PM ET
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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Ford Motor Co is recalling 661,000 Explorer sport utility vehicles in North America at the request of U.S. regulators because retention pins could loosen and allow roof rail covers to detach from the vehicle.

The recall covers 2016 through 2019 model year vehicles. Dealers will install push-pins and replace any damaged rail clips and roof rail covers.

The second-largest U.S. automaker said in documents https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2021/RMISC-21V316-0418.pdf posted Sunday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first inquired about the issue in early 2020 following 11 reports of roof rail cover detachment. In April, it requested Ford issue a recall, which the carmaker had initially said was not necessary because the low likelihood of a roof rail detaching, its small weight and the fact drivers would likely detect a loose roof rail cover, according to the documents.

Ford in November said it would extend its warranty to cover the issue for 10 years or 150,000 miles before agreeing to the recall on April 30.

A Ford spokeswoman said Sunday the automaker is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.

The vehicles covered by the recall have roof rail covers that are painted silver, black or absolute black. Customer notifications will begin the week of June 28.

The recall includes 620,483 vehicles in the United States, 36,419 in Canada and 4,260 in Mexico.

Ford recalls 661,000 Explorer SUVs in North America
 

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Adam Paine
Adam Paine May 09, 2021 11:15PM ET
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ford will hit an all time high tomorrow with this news!!!
ZS Beck
ZS Beck May 09, 2021 2:40PM ET
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Like to see how many Electric ones will get the recall. Sorry to say but Ford, GM can't build cars.
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Ford sedans and suvs are purely garbage. the only thing sellable is their trucks
 
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